Tuks rock climbers held up

2011-01-18 07:11

Three University of Pretoria students were held up by a gang of robbers for more than three hours at a rock-climbing spot near the Hartbeespoort Dam in North West.

The three men were going for a climb at the Chosspile cliffs on the Brits side of the dam when six men armed with knives allegedly held them up last Wednesday, Beeld reported.

The three students were tied up and held for three hours while some of the robbers left to draw cash with their bank cards.

One of the attackers kept sharpening his knife and pricking the men’s calves, while another allegedly threatened to cut one of the students’ throats, saying, “I want your head”.

The robbers eventually left with cellphones, watches, cameras and climbing gear worth R40 000.

Mountain Club of SA spokesperson Dean van der Merwe said climbers were being targeted by criminals, and that a similar incident occurred at Chosspile, a crag above the Hartbeespoort Dam, on December 29.

“For the past few years, rock climbers have been experiencing the same problems with crime as cyclists.

“More and more climbers are being targeted by robbers.

It’s becoming a big problem, since the public are losing access to their climbing places,” Van der Merwe told Beeld.

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